SPOTLIGHT

Baton Rouge Uncorked

Enjoy wine and support charitable causes.

WHAT: A wine tasting event will benefit Baton Rouge charities.

WHEN: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday.

WHERE: L’Auberge Casino and Hotel, 777 L’Auberge Ave., in Baton Rouge.

INFORMATION: (225) 346-0890 or http://www.forum35.org.

DETAILS: Forum 35 and Inherit Baton Rouge, a young preservationist sub-group of the Foundation for Historical Louisiana, are offering this event with the casino. The featured wine will be Cabernet Sauvignon. The minimum donation is $20.

Vet school visit

Learn about animal health care and biomedical research.

WHAT: LSU School of Veterinary Medicine Open House.

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Veterinary Medicine Building on Skip Bertman Drive on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge.

INFORMATION: (225) 578-9565 or visit http://www.vetmed.lsu.edu.

DETAILS: A self-guided tour will take visitors through the Veterinary Medicine Building, where students, faculty and staff will provide information and exhibits on veterinary medicine. There will also be a teddy bear repair station where children can get their stuffed animal toys “sutured,” a petting zoo, an endoscopy station where children can “fish” for prizes and such animal demonstrations as parades of horse and dog breeds.

The Honor Ball

Celebrate Mardi Gras and support cancer research and care.

WHAT: The American Cancer Society hosts a Mardi Gras Gala and Silent Auction.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday until midnight.

WHERE: Riverview Ballroom, Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center, 201 Lafayette St., in Baton Rouge

INFORMATION: (225) 936-4898 or email Carriegodbold@yahoo.com

DETAILS: General admission tickets are $75 a person or $125 a couple. The cost to host a table of eight is $600.

Fat Tuesday trip

Take a day trip and celebrate in the Big Easy.

WHAT: The Foundation for Historic Louisiana sponsors an annual Lagniappe Tours excursion to experience Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

WHEN: 6:45 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 12.

WHERE: A luxury motor coach will leave from and return to the Macy’s parking lot at the Mall of Louisiana in Baton Rouge.

INFORMATION: (225) 387-2464, ext. 11, or visit http://www.fhl.org.

DETAILS: The tour includes reserved seats for viewing the world-famous krewes of Rex and Zulu as well as the marching bands, clubs and truck parades. At mid-afternoon, the party moves to Le Pavilion Hotel for a Creole buffet. The cost is $150 for foundation members and $175 for non-members. Foundation membership costs $50 for an individual or family.

Off to the Races

Enjoy New Orleans horse racing and support the Baton Rouge Eye Bank.

WHAT: The Baton Rouge Eye Bank Auxiliary sponsors A Day at the Races, a day trip to the New Orleans Fair Grounds.

WHEN: 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 14.

WHERE: The buses will leave from the Mall of Louisiana.

INFORMATION: (225) 766-8996

DETAILS: The $75 price includes round-trip bus fare, admission to the clubhouse, a racing form, hot buffet lunch and a snack on the return trip.